Nothing beats a story showcasing a successful actor’s ability to stay humble.
In a new installment of the Variety Studios: Actors on Actors series, Brad Pitt shares a conversation with Adam Sandler, where the Ad Astra star relays a moving story he’d heard about the fellow A-lister concerning his days before making it in Hollywood — which Sandler confirms.
Pitt narrated the story he first heard from director Bennett Miller: “You were at NYU, and it was your acting coach, or acting professor, I believe. He took you out for a beer and he kindly said to you, ‘Think about something else. Listen, you got heart, but you don’t have it. Choose another path.’”
Brad continued: “There’s a second part to this story. This is why it’s my favorite Adam Sandler story, and I think it says a lot about you.
“That you ran into him at your height, when you’re getting the ultimate payday, and you’re with a bunch of friends, out at a bar. Anyone would think that’s the opportunity where you rub it in his face. And reportedly, what you did was you introduced him to your friends, and you said: “This is the only teacher to ever buy me a beer.” True?’
Sandler replied, “Yeah.”
Some of the films Sandler has featured in include Billy Madison (1995), the sports comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998), the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), Grown Ups (2010), Grown Ups 2 (2013) and voicing Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania franchise (2012–2018).
“Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” is an Emmy Award-winning series that highlights the best TV and movie performances of the year.
Watch the full conversation below: